Design Center at theMART Presents Programming during NeoConnect

Resources, programming and events at the heart of NeoConnect during June 2020

CHICAGO (June 1, 2020) – Design Center at theMART is pleased to present four compelling CEU programs during NeoConnect, a month-long celebration of the commercial design industry, featuring a series of online resources, programming and events in June 2020. The four featured programs offer an informed view on diverse topics important to designers, architects and industry professionals seeking insight on

  • Lighting trends driving wellness
  • Best practices on making sustainability decisions
  • Color forecasts and the impacts of today’s current events
  • The continuing evolution of resimercial design

NeoConnect, the dynamic digital hub launched on; registration for daily CEU webinars and virtual events is open now. Programming exclusively presented by Design Center includes:

New Lighting Design Trends in Wellness and Hospitality
Wednesday, June 10
4:00pm–5:00pm EDT
Jose Antonio Gonzalez, AIA, principal, Jagar Architecture and Design, Los Angeles, CA

This session should appeal to both architects and designers, particularly those interested in lighting and spaces. See the lighting design process with the eyes of a hospitality design architect. In fact, new design trends are utilizing lighting as a tool to create ambiance in built experiential environments and is key in supporting new brands and concepts. In the search of attractive, functional and exciting built environments, architects and designers rely on the versatility and quality of current lighting technologies to emphasize the elements of new trends on retail, wellness and hospitality projects. The attendee will also understand the power of lighting design in brand and ambiance creation. Ultimately, attendees will learn a new approach to the use of lighting design with natural light in harmony for hospitality projects.

How to Talk to Your Clients about Going Green
Wednesday, June 17
4:00pm–5:00pm EDT
Joan Kaufman, FASID, LEED AP, director of design and project management, Interior Planning & Design, Inc., Naperville, IL

As clients increasingly want to go green, we designers need a strategy to talk with them about how best to do so. Join this program as it employ evidence-based design, which reveals how materials and products used in interior spaces directly impact health/wellness of people, pets and the environment. Learn to compellingly inform clients with accuracy. Also, learn how to navigate the latest industry resources and gain the knowledge, tools and foresight to make sustainable, healthy and informed decisions for building occupants, as well as to provide documentation for project accreditation submissions. Finally, discover how to become a client’s most trusted advocate by enhancing well-being through the use of healthy, sustainable materials.

2021+ CMG World Color Forecast™ – From Beyond the Telescope to Under the Microscope
Wednesday, June 24
4:00pm–5:00pm EDT
Peggy Van Allen, designer and color anthropologist, Color Marketing Group, Cary, IL • Montaha Hidefi, MIB, PWAC, CMG, creative color consultant, Guelph, ON Canada

This webinar will provide an in-depth analysis of macro drivers influencing the 2021+ CMG World Color Forecast™ including an insight of the latest developments affecting changing society’s color consumption. CMG’s color design professionals will examine their global color forecasts microscopically to reveal the societal and cultural forces impacting 2021+ color directions. Designers and product development teams know the power of CMG’s 64 color, multi-industry World Color Forecasts to their product’s success and are challenged to interpret the World Color Forecast from within new chaotic and uncertain world. The chaos of the evolving “new normal” will impact how color directions are applied, mature, and evolve. CMG Key Color stories from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific will be in the spotlight during the presentation with the aim of supporting product design decisions for 2021 and beyond.

No Place Like Home: Catalyzing Creativity with Resimercial Design at Home and Work
Tuesday, June 30
4:00pm–5:00pm EDT
Donald Rattner, AIA, principal, Donald M. Rattner, Architect, New York, NY
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The migration of work to home during the COVID pandemic has accelerated the longstanding erosion of boundaries between workplace and domestic environments. One consequence of this erosion has been the emergence of resimercial design. A synthesis of commercial and residential elements, resimercial design is purported to boost occupant creativity and innovation, among other benefits. But what is the evidence for this claim? Have specific characteristics of home environments been proven to enhance idea flow? And is resimercial design applicable to home-based workspaces as well? This presentation explores the science behind the new philosophy and how building professionals can advocate for a resimercial approach on an informed rather than intuitive basis. Topics explored include furnishings, lighting, artwork, materials, planning, and programming.

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The Design Center, located in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, is home to four floors constituting the world’s largest and finest design center. As a leader in the $65 billion residential home furnishings market, the Design Center offers the largest presentation of high-end, customizable, residential and outdoor home furnishings worldwide, all under one roof. Encompassing 750,000 square feet, boasting more than 125 showrooms and featuring more than 2,500 product lines, it is the ultimate resource for designers and design enthusiasts of luxury furniture, fabrics, floor coverings, wall coverings, lighting and much more. For more information, visit Visit Design Center on Facebook and Instagram.

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